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Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled
Micah 5:1-14; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 1:45

Author Marcus Bach once interviewed Josef Meier, the actor who for many years played the part of Jesus in a highly successful "Passion Play." Mr. Meier, who had enacted the role more than four thousand times, told Mr. Bach a secret. Here is how the author describes the interview:

Mr. Meier said there was a period in the early history of the play when it seemed that the performances would never "catch on." There was something about the production and the organization that just "didn't click." Often, he would meet with the cast and they would discuss the option of just giving up and disbanding. What miracle occurred to turn the project from failure to phenomenal success? Here is how Mr. Meier explained it:

"One evening when I was playing the part of the Christus, as I had done many times before. There were very few people in the audience, and hope was running low. I came to the lines in the play where Jesus says, 'Why take ye thought for the morrow, O ye of little faith?' I had said these words many times before. On this particular night, I heard myself saying this line as I had often done, but something happened. For the first time, I asked myself, 'Josef Meier, why don't you have the will to believe these words with all your heart? Don't just say them, believe them'."

He went on to say,

"Like a flash, it dawned on me that I had been playing the part of the Christ without actually believing as He believed or living the faith as He had lived it. I don't know whether the spectators sensed that I paused momentarily at this point, but something was happening to me. Belief ... trust ... the conviction came to me and from that moment on a change took place in everything connected with the Passion Play and its future."

As I read the words of Mr. Meir I have to ask myself, how often do we play the role of a Christian, speak Christ’s words, and never have the will to [...]


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